Meditation is a term we use to describe a process. Meditation is concentration used to know or realize the presence of God in daily life. It employs the use of a proven technique or a specific method of focusing one`s attention on their goal.
Some meditation techniques involve specific methods of breath and muscular control which are used to calm restlessness so that one can focus their attention on God. Other meditation techniques involve repetition or chanting of Holy Words or phrases, sacred symbols, sacred sounds, or focusing on life energy.
A meditator usually practices a specific form or a technique of meditation. When a person says they are going to go meditate, it usually means they will practice this technique for a while, and it often means more.
Meditators doing meditation also sing, chant, pray, but before they begin, many do some initial physical exercise to facilitate the body`s ability to relax.
Oftentimes, a meditation session, whether private or with others, has some routine or ritual aspects. For example, a meditation may open with a prayer or a quote from a sacred reading that is read aloud or silently. Frequently, devotional songs or chants are sung for a few minutes. This helps to focus the mind`s attention and aids in concentration. After practicing the meditation techniques, meditators will often pray again, speaking to God in the language of their hearts. Some pray specifically for others and/or for world peace. Closing prayers are said aloud or silently, depending on the situation.
No matter what one`s routine or ritual may be, it is effort and sincerity of desire that will lead on to an actual realization of God`s presence in daily life.
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It is believed that Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. Yoga, also, is the union of the mind, body and soul. Meditation music allows the meditator to relax. It stops the external disturbances from entering the place of meditation. A soothing meditation music creates an environment mesmerizing environment and sets the mood of the meditator.
- Zafu Pillow
Zafu pillows provide better spine positioning and correct proper height for a more relaxed and deeper meditation. The Zafu makes sitting easier on the knees and ankles. It supports the body and conforms to the right posture.
Rosary is a tool used to keep the mind on the meditation practice. It consists of beads that are generally made from different materials such as tulsi (basil) wood, sandalwood, rudraksh seeds or crystal. Each type of material has certain properties, which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner. The mind has the tendency to get distracted during the meditation practice. Also during meditation one can easily fall asleep. At such times, the rosary acts as an anchor, forces the mind to concentrate, and keeps it on the right track.
The rosary beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra is chanted, so that both-sleep as well as excessive mental distraction is kept away by moving the beads. A personal rosary is a wonderful meditation accessory, which when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice. It becomes like a close friend or a comfortable piece of jewellery.
Books written on Meditation by spiritual leaders and sages enlighten the reader to the benefits of Meditation. The reader can get acquainted to the beauty of meditation by reading the experiences of the writer. These can clear his concepts and motivate the reader to walk on the path of spirituality.